Arium: Weather + Architecture / Jürgen Mayer H. and Neeraj Bhatia

I am very interested on the relation between architecture and weather. That’s why On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time by Moshen Mostafavi has a special place on my bookshelf.

That’s why enjoyed Arium so much.

Arium is the result of a studio led by Jürgen Mayer with Neeraj Bhatia at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The book moves between a series of analytical articles on the relationship between weather and architecture, ranging from tourism to shopping. These concepts are then tested by the studio over the Victory Soya Mills Silos, a massive structure sitting silent along Toronto’s waterfront, the perfect lab for a weatherized intervention: the Ariums (Algarium, Fogarium, Thermarium, etc).

The balance between weather analysis and the studio projects make this book a good reference on the subject, and not just a mere compilation of student’s work.

More after the break.

Santo Tirso Call Center / Aires Mateus

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Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Santo Tirso,
Collaborators: Marco Arraiolos, Anna Bacchetta, Bruna Parro
Engineering: AFA Consult
Client: Portugal Telecom
Constructor: LENA / ABRANTINA
Surface Area: 4,700 sqm
Built Area: 3,985 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: João Morgado

Favela Painting

Jeroen Koolhas and are two artist from Netherlands who started working together in 2005.  In 2006, they started developing the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in . Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. After both murals were finished, they started their third stage of their project, ‘O Morro’.

The initial idea of the Favela Painting project was always to paint an entire hillside favela in the center of Rio, visible to all inhabitants and visitors. As the portuguese translation for ‘the hill’; ‘o morro’ is also used as a synonym for slum or favela, the artists chose to use this name for the third stage of the Favela Painting project. ‘O Morro’ started early in 2010 and was recently finished.

You can find more on the projects in their official website and their Facebook Page. See more images of ‘O Morro’ after the break.

AD Classics: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

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Towering over the windy city of , the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) was once the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1973. Sears, Roebuck, & Company commissioned Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill  to design an office building that would house their headquarters and the many offices they had scattered around in one building. The design also had to incorporate extra office space for the anticipated future growth of the company.

More on the Willis Tower after the break.

The City We Imagined/The City We Made

The Architectural League at 250 Hudson Street is currently showing “The City We Imagined/The City We Made”.  The exhibit is a sampling of the projects, some that were realized and some that remained conceptual, over a period of 10 years.  The personality of the city during these years, characterized by an obsession with construction, resulted from the convergence of “an array of powerful forces such as September 11, the policies and priorities of the Bloomberg Administration, the volatility of global and local economies, advances in material and construction technologies, and a new interest among the public in contemporary architecture.”

More specifics after the break.

Levent Loft / Tabanlioglu

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Architects: Tabanlıoğlu Mimarlık / Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu
Location: Istambul,
Project Team: Hacer Akgün, Volkan Lokumcu, Eda Lerzan Tunçbil, Süleyman Akkaş, Ahmet Çorapçıoğlu, Ali Çalışkan, Emre Apak, Kaan Keleş, Handan Dama Bilgi
Structural Engineering: Balkar Mühendislik
Mechanical Engineering: Gn Mühendislik
Electrical Engineering: HB Teknik
Landscape Consultant: Akgöze Landscape Design
Main Contractor: Akfen İnşaat Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Project Management: Altaca İnşaat
Site Area: 3,900 sqm
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Helene Binet, Thomas Mayer & Cemal Emden

2010 Restaurant Design / AIA Los Angeles


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just announced the finalists for the 2010 Restaurant Design Awards.  Now, it is your turn to  vote for the winner!  Voting closes on June 21st at 12 noon (PST) and the winners of the Jury and People’s Choice Awards will be announced on Friday June 25th.

Check out a full list of the nominated restaurants after the break.

French River Visitor Centre / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Alban, Ontario,
Project Director: Jon Neuert
Project Advisor: Barry Sampson
Project Coordinator: Geoff Thün (Building Design), Dieter Janssen (Exhibit Design), Greg Reuter (Construction)
Project Team: Mauro Carreño, Barry Sampson (exhibit design), Jennifer Anderson, Seth Atkins, Mark Martin, Jose Uribe, Nene Stout
Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Mechanical Engineering: The Mitchell Partnership
Electrical Engineering: Mulvey + Banani International Inc.
Exhibit Design: with Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Sustainability: Dr. Ted Kesik with Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Interpretive Planning: Apropos Planning
Landscape Architecture: Harrington + Hoyle Ltd.
Quantity Surveyor: Curran McCabe Ravindran Ross Inc.
Builder: KONA Builders Ltd.
Site Area: 8,700 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban

Palmyra House / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Nandgaon, Maharashtra,
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Jeevaram Sutar, Roy Katz, Mangesh Mhatre, Samuel Barclay
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Helene Binet

In Progress: Elbe Philharmonic Hall / Herzog and de Meuron


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Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall in Germany is in the midst of construction, and we just received some photos from the firm.  The 17th century factory, which the new hall rests upon, will maintain its traditional identity while housing new programmatic activities.  The Grand Hall seems to float above the distinctive factory, clothed in a tent-like facade.  The highly articulated facade is designed in different sections to provide appropriate sun protection depending upon function and orientation.  Once complete in 2012, the building will include a 250 room five-star hotel, and 47 apartments, in addition to a philharmonic hall of 2,150-seats and a chamber music hall of 550 seats.

See early renderings as well as recent construction photos after the break.

Edmonton City Centre Airport Lands Master Plan Competition

Edmonton City Council has mandated that the lands now occupied by the City Centre Airport be transformed into a world-class sustainable community. The City of seeks talented and creative minds to prepare a master plan for this strategic property in the core of the City. The revitalization of approximately 217 hectares of land in the heart of represents an opportunity for to place itself at the forefront of global cities that are seeking to establish the highest standards for sustainability to foster a living, working, and learning environment of unparalleled environmental and social quality.

The mission is to undertake a master planning exercise that will guide the long term development of a new community for families, parks and open space, places of work, cultural and educational institutions, and other amenities connected with a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to downtown. The mission is to provide Edmontonians with a range of lifestyle choices that embody a sustainable live style through the incorporation of design features, land uses, building practices, materials and assemblies, and technologies that will minimize the ecological footprint of this community.

For more information, click here. Seen at Death by Architecture.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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The Broadcasting Place, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is so amazing that you can’t miss it. So are many other posts we featured last week, like the New Acropolis Museum and the Benidorm Seafront in Barcelona. You can see all of last week’s selection here:

Best Cities for Design and Modern Architecture

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People at opentravel made a ranking on the world’s best planned cities. We surely agree on some of them, but we also think there are a lot of cities that may very well deserve a spot on the list. What do you think?

The complete ranking with photos taken from our Flickr pool after the break.

Columbarium at Sea / Tin-Shun But

With the world’s population growing exponentially, by 2030 there will be such a drastic shortage of land that there will be “no room for the dead” in several over-crowded cities. Tin Shun But’s columbarium in Hong Kong is a reaction to the growing population and the growing demand for land.  The design offers a new typology where the resting ground is anchored to the harbor, currently a neglected area with the potential to become a revitalized public space.

More images and more about the design after the break.

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Farewell Chapel / Arhitektura Krušec

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Architects: Arhitektura Krušec
Location: Teharje,
Project Team: Lena Krušec, Tomaž Krušec
Collaborators: Matej Nolda, Miha Žargi
Client: Municipality of Celje
Project Area: 160 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Bergman Center / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter received first prize for the competition to design the Bergman Center, a foundation and a meeting place with focus on ’s oeuvre and on Fårö as his artistic base. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

Smart Concrete / Michelle Pelletier

Technology keeps getting better and better – the other day, we featured Dyesol’s window that captures energy from light-releasing electrons that is then trapped and conducted as electricity, and today, we bring you ’s (a University of Rhode Island master’s degree candidate) new self-healing concrete. Currently, concrete is the most widely used building material, yet as the structures age, concrete cracks – and what begins as a slight crack can turn into a massive problem. Pelletier’s solution is a type of “” that self heals to economically extend the life of the structure.

More about this cool new material after the break.

SALC House / Frederico Zanelato | Architects

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Architects: Frederico Zanelato | Architects
Location: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo,
Authors: , Fernanda Kano and Regina Sesoko
Contributor: Regina Santos
Students: Guilherme Bravin and Nayara Mendes
Structure: Wagner Garcia de Oliveira
Land area: 360 sqm
Building area: 250 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Bebete Viégas